Supersuckers’ leader/singer/bassist/ songwriter Eddie Spaghetti has paid tribute to the support given him by the band’s fans after a recent diagnosis of stage 3 throat cancer. The Eddie Spaghetti Cancer Fight Fund has already raised more than $57,000 to help pay for his treatment, thanks to the generosity of fans.
“It’s really humbling, and it’s great to know that so many people care,” said Spaghetti, after announcing that a planned European tour to coincide with the band’s new album Holdin’ the Bag has been cancelled due to his surgery and radiation treatment.
Holdin’ the Bag is set release on October 16, 2015 on Acetate Records.
“It’s an extraordinarily unlikely story,” acknowledges Spaghetti of the band’s career. “From the start until now, everything about this band defies logic. This band has no business being as good as it is this far into our existence, and it just seems to be getting better.”
“I love the honesty and directness of country, and that’s how we approach it,” Spaghetti states of the new album. “I feel like having the country thing in our back pocket kind of takes the expiration date off the band. It’s way more acceptable for an old guy to be up there singing a country song than it is for an old guy to be up there screaming about the evil powers of rock ’n’ roll.”
The album closes with an update of the Hank Williams Jr. standard ‘All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down),’ while the album sessions also yielded a second cover tune, the Billy Joe Shaver classic ‘Georgia on a Fast Train.’
The Supersuckers — Spgahetti on vocals and bass, plus guitarist Marty Chandler and drummer Chris Von Streicher — recorded Holdin’ the Bag in Austin, Texas, at Ray Benson’s Bismeaux Studios and were joined by singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, who’s featured on ‘This Life Would Be a Whole Lot Better’ and Lydia Loveless on ‘I Can’t Cry.’ Also appearing are Asleep at the Wheel fiddler Jason Roberts, Butthole Surfers member Jeff Pinkus, along with Jesse Dayton and Willie Nelson’s longtime harmonica sidekick Mickey Raphael.
“We knew that we wanted to come out with something quickly after Get the Hell,” recalls Spaghetti. “We had rocked ourselves into oblivion with Get the Hell, so we were ready for a country break. We had just done a one-off country show, and we enjoyed that so much that it felt natural to start writing country songs. I really felt like I was onto something, and I felt more and more inspired as the process went on. Some of the best songs on the record are some of the last ones I wrote. So by the time we got into the studio, we were in a really good place.”
“If you don’t like Holdin’ the Bag, then you really don’t like the Supersuckers,” says Spaghetti. “I really feel like this and Get the Hell are the best records we’ve ever made. I feel like, after 25 years, we’re finally getting the hang of this.
“If I had to come up with a reason for the Supersuckers’ longevity, I’d say that it’s our lack of giant success,” Eddie asserts. “I feel like we’ve had just enough success to keep us hungry, but still feeling like the possibility of having a big hit record is still out there. We’re still that hungry little band that pictures itself being much bigger than it really is.”
“I have no plans on anything other than everything working out fine,” he says matter-of-factly, adding, “Every good thing I have in my life, I got through being in this band. I like the idea of getting old playing music and never stopping, like Willie Nelson. It’s a pretty good life, and I’m planning to continue living it for a long time.”
1. Holdin’ the Bag
2. This Life Would Be a Whole Lot Better feat. Hayes Carll
3. High & Outside
4. Man on a Mission
5. I Can’t Cry feat. Lydia Loveless
6. Let’s Bounce
7. I Do What I Can (To Get By)
9. That’s How It Gets Done
10. Shimmy & Shake
11. All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)